Design and construction of an evanescent optical wave device for the recanalization of vessels

Journal Article

Removing atherosclerotic material without transecting the vessel wall is a common problem for vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists. The goal of this project is to design and construct a device that uses evanescent optical waves for precise, controlled laser ablation. For laser light incident at an angle to an optic-tissue interface greater than or equal to the critical angle, an evanescent optical wave is launched into the tissue. With evanescent optical waves, there is no free-beam propagation and the laser energy can be confined to a layer less than one wavelength thick at the optic-tissue interface. Several device designs have been proposed and constructed. The Duke University Mark III Infrared Free-Electron Laser is used to study energy deposition and ablation mechanisms at sapphire-tissue and zinc sulfide-tissue interfaces. Ablation experiments on human low-density lipoprotein and aorta tissue are presented. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hooper, BA; LaVerde, GC; Von Ramm, OT

Published Date

  • November 21, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 475 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 645 - 649

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0168-9002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0168-9002(01)01691-6

Citation Source

  • Scopus